Neduntivu Island in Jaffna, Sri Lanka is popular for its feral ponies and remains of a 1000 year old ancient temple built by the Chola Dynasty. As well as the ruins of a Dutch colonial fort built as a guard point is still visible here. During their ruling Dutch Government named the Neduntivu Island with a Dutch town name as Delft. Also they renamed other islets around here with Dutch . If you happened to visit to Nainatheevu Island then it is easy to travel from there to this island, where small number of Tamil families living with the presence of the SL armed forces.
Don't confuse this island with the Delft, in Netharlands. This Northern province island name was actually "Pasuth Theevu" later the Portuguese changed it as "Ilha das Vacas" (Island of Cows). Later the island was named after the Dutch city of Delft by Rijckloff van Goens. Now it is called as Delft and Nedunthivu.
How to Reach Delft Island?
- First you have to be in Jaffna or while visiting Jaffna you can visit this island.
- From Jaffna travel to Kurikadduvan Jetty.
- There are limited boat services to Delft Island is operated by the RDA and the local Government body.
- Catch a boat from there, it may take nearly 45 - 60 minutes ocean travel to reach Delft Island .
- There are private speed boat services too available to and from Delft Island .
Where to Stay in Delft Island?
- There is a hotel named Delft Samudra Hotel.
- Along with Rooms, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served here.
- Seafood is very popular with special mixed seafood soup.
Important places and things in Delft.
- Portuguese Fort: This Fort was built by Portuguese to defend Sri Lanka from the invading forces via North and to protect thier shipping businesses during their rule.
- Baobab Tree: Don't miss this large African origin tree in this island that was brought and planted by the Portuguese.
- Banyan Tree: A wide open banyan tree which extends its canopy over a large area, where it started basically to grow on a Palmyra tree.
- Quindah Tower: This tower used to be a mariner's support.
- Wild Horses: Lot of wild horses are there. Actually they were from the Portuguese rule over this island where you can find the old stables too here.
- Sarapiddy: This is the place for water source for the whole island.
- Foot Print : Large footprint that measures nearly a meter.
- Old Stables: Stables in Sarapiddy were said to be built by Englishman Nolan. Now you can see the remainings only.
- Pigeon Nest (House): Place where message trnsporting Pigeons used to live.
- Growing Stone: This is being worshiped by the local people.
- Giant Foot print: Ancient foot prints on rocks.
- Palmyra Tree with 12 Branches
- Boundary walls made with coral stones.
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